Argentina fired the head of its navy Admiral Marcelo
Eduardo Hipólito Sru a month after a submarine
disappeared in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members onboard, a government spokesman said on Saturday.
This was the first known disciplinary action taken by President
Mauricio Macri’s administration since contact was lost with the ARA San Juan on
Families of the crew members criticized Macri’s
government for not clearly communicating with them and for abandoning rescue
The navy said on Nov. 27 that water that entered the
submarine’s snorkel caused its battery to short-circuit before it went missing.
The navy had previously said international organizations detected a noise that
could have been the submarine’s implosion the same day contact was lost.
Hope of rescuing survivors was abandoned on Nov. 30.
The navy said it searched for double the amount of time the submarine would
have had oxygen. An international search for the submarine is still underway.
Adm Srur, 60, was appointed by President Macri in
Macri has created a special independent commission to investigate the
disappearance of the submarine, following criticism about the handling of the
The commission will
comprise three submariners - one the father of one of the disappeared crew.
Oscar Aguad has promised the investigation will be "transparent" and
will have an unlimited budget.